Blake, Peter (1 of 28).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2003-04-22, 2003-06-12, 2003-07-03, 2003-09-04, 2003-11-24, 2003-12-15, 2004-03-22, 2004-07-08, 2004-08-06, 2004-11-11, 2005-02-07

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    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 1: Tape 1: Side A: Born Dartford, Kent. Location of interview room: details. Grandparents: details. Mother Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Shaw. Father d at 53, was an electrician at Vickers. Mother, a nurse from South Shields. Circumstances of parents’ marriage and parallel with wife Chrissie and PB’s marriage. Memories of homes in Dartford. Links with Mick Jagger. Description of Marcus Road house. Mentions social class. Siblings Shirley and Terry, their education and careers. Memories and description of Dartford, the Library now re-named The PB Gallery and Mick Jagger Sports Centre. Parents involved in congregational church but not religious. PB member of the church youth club. Dartford run and owned by the Co-op. Attending Maypole School in Bexley and its location. Walking to school. Summary of schools attended; at fourteen went to Gravesend Technical School and Art School. Gravesend social life; jazz club, cycling. Parents’ artistic ambitions. Father in Home Guard during World War 2. Mother’s occupations: at Vickers, then as teleprinter for Cable and Wireless; her dressmaking. Mentions lending father money to set up electrical company using John Moores prize money. Comments on PB’s education; advised to go to art school. Family holidays: details. Mother took PB to the cinema. Father’s appearance. Aunts and Uncles. PB a solitary child. Description of meals and effect of diet on father’s health. Shopping at the Co-op where PB later worked as a butcher’s boy, layout of shop etc. Detailed, long description of being evacuated to a farm in Helions Bumpstead, Essex, with Shirley and its effect on PB. The Loft family and their lodgers.

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